Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My ArtPrize Adventure: Part 1

All Waiting and Art to Come

The first day of my ArtPrize adventure was full of painting hanging prep, including some basic supplies shopping, and rest. The evening was a fun jaunt to the artist's party where I got my swag bag and met other artists. The whole time I felt a bit fluttery with my anticipation of hanging 101 paintings on a brick wall the following two days. 

A less glamorous perhaps a bit industrial little piece of Gran Rapids
downtown where we parked before going to the Artist's
 party. I love the soft stillness that the early evening cool aqua sky
brought to the world in that moment. 

It was good silly fun to get "red carpet" photo in front of the
ArtPrize wall with my swag bag, artist's badge, and freshly made pipe cleaner bug.

The chalkboard wall in the artist's clubhouse. Sadly,
 I never contributed, though it looked enticing. I was busy waiting in
 line for my swag bag. ;-)

Another view of the artist's clubhouse. Do you see all those colorful squiggles on that divider? Those are pipe cleaners. The line for swag bags took quite awhile, and though chatting was happening it would have definitely dragged without those pipe cleaners. I made an imaginary bug with several different colors, and my Mom made a wand sprouting with magic. The other artist we were with was content to watch our progress.

After all the hubbub over getting swag bags and chatting we had gotten very little food, so on the way
back we stopped here. I'm sure this is quite an ordinary sight in this part of the country, but the vintage look of
this fast food chain made it more appealing than other late night fast food options. A good munch was had
and the day was ended on an expectant note.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One Day My Computer Just Snapped


I am dying to share all my recent art adventures. There are a pile of photos on my camera and memories in my mind. But right before my trip my computer could no longer take the heavy workload I had been giving it. It literally snapped. I like to think that the way the bezel around the screen suddenly divided near the base was a kind of swoon, but others around me see a similarity to a wilted plant. The result is quite ridiculous. I have a laptop that still functions perfectly well though laying supine, and can not be moved or viewed from any other position but standing above it awkwardly.  We were told it would be a costly repair. The long and short of it is that it was cheaper to get a newer model of a macbook pro from eBay than fix the one I have loved. I am not trashing the old one yet...

ArtPrize is Coming

So, photos of my old standby fainted, my newish macbook pro, AND all that lovely art I saw at ArtPrize (including the full Whole Piece Series in its current home) are coming in just a few days and from my new home in LA. Exciting stuff is afoot.